Tuesday, August 17, 2004

"If you have a bobblehead, it means you're somebody."

One of my worst nightmares has come true -- my store actually sells Christian bobblehead dolls. You can buy Moses, Noah or Samson. I'm reminded of a Chandler Bing quote from Friends, "Too...many...punchlines."

If you want to learn more about the history of the company, Isaac Bros. Bible Bobbleheads, you can check out a feature from the May 23, 2003, issue of the Louisville Courier Journal.

The discovery of such items led me to do some exploring. If secondary characters like Moses, Noah and Samson have their own bobbleheads, surely Jesus, the Son of God, would have his own. I found the:
I think I know what I'm buying people on my Christmas list.

13 comments:

kate said...

oh. my. heavens. this is great. jesus of the week is my new obsession. several of the artifacts there remind me of this quote by annie dillard, which was used in the (high, liturgical) church i visited last week:

"The higher Christian churches--where, if anywhere, I belong--come at God with an unwarranted air of professionalism, with authority and pomp, as though they knew what they were doing, as though people in themselves were an appropriate set of creatures to have dealings with God. I often think of the set pieces of liturgy as certain words which people have successfully addressed to God without their getting killed. In the high churches they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a strand of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches, you expect it any minute.

This is the beginning of wisdom."

Ben said...

That's great quote and something to remember for those of us (myself included) that attend liturgical churches.

Did you like the liturgical service? Nikki and I have been going to an Anglican church, and I've actually begun the ordination process for the denomination. I love the liturgy, but I agree with Dillard that many people have a very pompous approach to liturgy.

kate said...

wow! ben the anglican priest! that's the bitchin'-est thing i've heard in weeks.

yes, i love liturgy, and i feel that, after many years of feeling ill at east and restless and downright angry while sitting in church, i could be at home in the one i visited last week.

kate said...

i swear i posted a comment here earlier today! dammit!

Neville said...

Liturgical-smurgical! I just wanna know where i can buy one of those Noah Bobble-heads!! "Bobble-head, Bobble-head (chant while reading)" Yay! (---which reminds me, have either of you seen the very old 1930's film "FREAKS"? It just was released on DVD and if you can, make an attempt to rent it as soon as possible. It's a fascinating little expoloration in the eploitation of disfigured individuals who are used for mere entertainment in the circus. It's only 60 min...just go see it. Oh and i thought of that movie b/c there's a chant in the film that sounds like the bobble-head one i just wrote---in case you were wondering).

Neville said...

Liturgical-smurgical! I just wanna know where i can buy one of those Noah Bobble-heads!! "Bobble-head, Bobble-head (chant while reading)" Yay! (---which reminds me, have either of you seen the very old 1930's film "FREAKS"? It just was released on DVD and if you can, make an attempt to rent it as soon as possible. It's a fascinating little expoloration in the eploitation of disfigured individuals who are used for mere entertainment in the circus. It's only 60 min...just go see it. Oh and i thought of that movie b/c there's a chant in the film that sounds like the bobble-head one i just wrote---in case you were wondering).

Neville said...

Liturgical-smurgical! I just wanna know where i can buy one of those Noah Bobble-heads!! "Bobble-head, Bobble-head (chant while reading)" Yay! (---which reminds me, have either of you seen the very old 1930's film "FREAKS"? It just was released on DVD and if you can, make an attempt to rent it as soon as possible. It's a fascinating little expoloration in the eploitation of disfigured individuals who are used for mere entertainment in the circus. It's only 60 min...just go see it. Oh and i thought of that movie b/c there's a chant in the film that sounds like the bobble-head one i just wrote---in case you were wondering).

Oh, and I like that Dillard quote too. One of my frustrations though is liturgical churches who's members are too comfortable with the pompous life to really give a shit about anything else.

Neville said...

sorry ben. my computer went nuts. read the last comment...the other two my computer froze and i tried to restarte...and oh...it's a mess. i never thought blog-posting could be so stressful.

Ben said...

Kate - I have a long, documented history of being disgusted and frustrated by many church services. It is great to sit through the liturgy and actually be emotionally moved without feeling manipulated. It may not be for everybody, but it's definitely helped me.

Neville - I haven't seen Freaks yet, but the film critic in the local paper loved it. I'll definitely try to check it out.

I also agree with you about the tendancy of liturgical people to be extremely pompous. I think it is important to remember that the liturgy is a set of human creations born of a particular theological tradition. While it can be extremely useful as a worship aid, it is still a human creation and should be viewed through the lens of humility, an idea I think also applies to non-liturgical churches (who tend to create their own liturgies without thinking about it, but we'll save that discussion for another time.)

junior said...

Ben, what about Buddy Jesus? I think Jay and Silent Bob really nailed the character of Christ with that one!

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